Archive for June, 2015


I don’t bang on about it on my website, but I’ve been backpacking and exploring this planet for nearly three decades, often on my own.  When it suits I buy vehicles to travel and live in, then sell them on at the end of the trip.  I have experienced so many awe-inspiring places, ultra-amazing people and life-enriching things.  I have faced my own death many times.
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Some of my all-time favourite places are Bolivia, Burning Man, Guatemala, Papua New Guinea, the Amazon, Andes, Japan, India, New Zealand and lots of South East Asia. The list goes on but I don’t want to sound as if I’m happily blabbing up my own arse, hence why I haven’t travel blogged previously I guess, lol.  This blog isn’t about ego, although when I was younger I suppose I derived a sense of self from it.
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I have been interested in ancient, anthropological, esoteric and tribal knowledge for as long as I can remember.  I have stayed for as long as possible with indigenous peoples, experiencing and learning everything I could from modern day attitudes to bush-craft and age-old religious practices.  Always trying to give back, in whatever ways I could, from teaching art classes in the Amazon to being a story teller to the Asaro Mud-men in the highlands of PNG.
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I took a full year out in 2000 – 2001 to circumnavigated the globe by backpack.  I enjoyed it so much I did it again for a full year in 2009- 2010.  I used to highly recommend Round The World tickets but my massive Carbon Footprint bothers me a bit these days.
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 Food has been a HUGE influence on my Journey.   And the Journey continues….
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In response to a recent job offer, and questions about my extensive travelling I wrote this post.  This page is meant to be a handy tool for further discussion should anyone or myself need it.  I have been asked professionally on many occasions about my travels and I struggle every time to talk about it in detail.  So, instead of trawling through time consuming mountains of amazing personal photographs and diaries, or emails with previously recorded experiences I had fun instead dropping a few pins on a ‘Trip Advisor’ map, lol.
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Making Movies for ‘Woodlands TV’! – Part 3

“Tribal Ali, an English ‘Zorro with a Scalpel’ doing for wild cookery what Charlie Dimmock did for gardening”

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“Wild Wood-Pigeon Breast with Wild Blackberry Sauce and Wild Boletus infused Moroccan Cous-Cous”

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Last year I made some “Wild Food Foraging in the Woodlands” films with Film Maker Claudia Nye.

The pilot film in the “Roadkill” series “Identifying Edible Roadkill by the Woodlands” aired on the 15th April 2015.

This week the latest 5 minute follow-up film emerged  – PART 3

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Cooking Roadkill Pigeon in the Woodlands”

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The most common question I get is “How do you know it is safe to eat?”

“Wild food foraging in all its forms isn’t about being poor or desperate, its about being opportunistic, creative, in tune with ourselves, nature and our bodies.  Wild meat foraging in particular uses no packaging, has less chemicals, fewer food miles and contains less pollution; it is cruelty free and often ‘Vegetarian’ friendly; it fosters biodiversity; our bodies ‘understand’ these natural foods, therefore cancers and other physical ailments are minimized because our immune systems are minds are boosted naturally.

Many are realising that numerous shop bought food items are more suspicious than nutritious. Wild plants are very different now from chemically cultivated foods and farm animals taste nothing like game animals”.

I have in the past written plenty of long-winded explanations but I felt it was time to create an

‘Easier to Remember’ ROAD-SIDE CHECKLIST! 

“Don’t Eat Flat Furry Roadside Snacks Before Last Diagnostic Smell Check”

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To see PART 2

“Preparing Roadkill Pigeon to eat in the Woodlands”

Click here!

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Capture plucking the pigeon woodland tv part b2

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Making Movies for ‘Woodlands TV’!

Originally from Argentina, Claudia is a Scarborough based, award winning BAFTA nominated documentary film maker with 21 years experience in the field of media. Her work ranges from broadcast (BBC/Channel Four) to private and public Commissions (Film Council/European Fund), through facilitating community based projects with the youth, and teaching in FE and HE sectors. These movies are for Woodlands.TV .woodlands_TV

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REMEMBER!!

If in doubt, ask someone else’s advice who knows what they are doing, or just leave it well alone!

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close up curious pigeonsSooooo!  Should you try it? If you can stomach the thought of eating roadkill, and are confident you can pick out the animals safe for consumption, then I’d urge you to give it a try. If you’ve ever eaten pheasant, hare or rabbit in a restaurant, paid a small fortune for the privilege and almost broken your teeth on the buckshot, you’d probably relish the chance to eat your gamey goodness without the fear of fillings afterwards! Eating properly examined and prepared roadkill is definitely healthier than meat heavily laden with antibiotics, hormones, and growth stimulants, as most supermarket meat is today. Road traffic casualties never knew what hit ‘em – if you pardon the pun!  They did not experience what it was like to be factory farmed, castrated, de-horned, or de-beaked without anaesthetics, they did not suffer the traumatic and miserable experience of being transported long distances in a crowded truck, and did not hear the screams and smell the fear of the animals ahead of them on the slaughter line.

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Ethically, I know what I would rather eat!

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oh deer

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DISCLAIMER… I have to say that I hold NO responsibility for anyone getting sick from eating Roadkill.  I offer my experiences and knowledge here freely, I do not make myself accountable for anyone else.  YOU make a choice, YOU take responsibility.  If in doubt, ask someone else’s advice who knows what they are doing, or just leave it well alone!  With that said….

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To see other of my blogs relating to this subject follow the links…

“WILD MEAT” – Wild Food & Roadkill Preparation & Preservation Workshops

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS – Roadkill Recycling, Eating and Artwork…

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THE ROADKILL CONNOISSEUR- Making a film for the ‘MUNCHIES’ food Channel – “Southern Fried Squirrel” & “Squirrel Pot-Sticker Dumplings”.

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“The Silent Dancer in the Flames”

 

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“The Silent Dancer in the Flames”

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Oil Pastel (2015) by Alison Brierley

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THE SILENT DANCER

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Spectators All
Cheer On the Reluctant Fire Dancers
Executing their Final Performance 
Slaves to the Purple Post
Writhing in the Flames
Just one Leap away from Redemption
And then Another

I am the Silent Dancer
I did not have to Dance the Exquisite Dance
I did not have to Suffer the Burn

but Embraced its Searing Release
I am already Dead you See
I did not Survive the Torture
The Asphyxiation
The Crush of Rock on Rib and Lung

But they Tied me to the Mast 
Just to Be Sure
And Burnt me Anyway
Along with my Sisters

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By Alison Brierley

(8th June 2015)

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One in a series of works brought about by my exploration into the “TRUTH TELLING YEARS” aka MENOPAUSE.

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Look out for blogs on my other ART projects – SHAMANIC ROADKILL CAPE, PLACENTA  ART &COOKERY, PLACENTA BOOTIES,  PLACENTA DISCO-BOOTIES, SHAMANIC SHAKTI BEAVER MERKINANTI  BADGER-CULL TRIP-TIC, ROADKILL SQUIRREL TESTICLE EARRINGS  , BURNING-MAN ASARO MUD-FAMILY PERFORMANCE ART , JAPANESE WISHING TREE and many many more!!

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As with a lot of my work, I aspire to gently push the viewer, including myself, to question preconceptions and socio-cultural taboos by creating something beautiful and compelling from something dead and/or socially repulsive.

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